anem·​o·​ne | \ə-ˈne-mə-nē \

Definition of anemone 

1 : any of a large genus (Anemone) of perennial herbs of the buttercup family having lobed or divided leaves and showy flowers without petals but with conspicuous sepals

called also windflower

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The waves have formed ripples in stunning hues of copper and green, and anemones and coral can be spotted in the shallow pools. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 In February, ranunculus and anemones are much more special to give or receive than your standard dozen red roses. Sarah Bray, House Beautiful, "Unique Flower Arrangements You Can Order Online (Or Create Yourself!)," 4 Feb. 2014 Each indigo strand was as thick as a twig, and had the moist look of an anemone. Julie Orringer, New York Times, "Short Stories That Travel the World From a Deliciously Off-Kilter Perspective," 22 June 2018 Pick one flower and do an arrangement — one vase of marigolds, another white anemones — and then mix them up on the table. Lisa Boone,, "It's backyard season: L.A. designer Nathan Turner shares 7 genius tips for summer entertaining," 26 May 2018 The Color Of The Year Centering around Rose Quartz, one of Pantone's top colors for 2016, Kat Flower features a beautiful centerpiece with French anemones, garden roses and sculptural greenery made up of rainbow eucalyptus. Bryan Mason, ELLE Decor, "4 Floral Trends To Keep On Your Radar This Year," 11 Jan. 2016 The rash is the result of baby jellyfish or anemone stingers. National Geographic, "What's Giving Some Beachgoers Rashes? Get the Facts.," 28 June 2018 From microscopic plankton to sea horses, anemones and sharks, little survives inside the 30- to 100-foot radius of an explosion. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "In the Philippines, Dynamite Fishing Decimates Entire Ocean Food Chains," 15 June 2018 White plates from ABC Carpet & Home add contrast and sophistication and plays up the accent color in the anemones. Rachel Swalin, ELLE Decor, "How To Throw A Kid-Friendly Valentine's Day Dinner Party That's Fun And Sophisticated," 4 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of anemone

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for anemone

Latin, from Greek anemōnē

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English Language Learners Definition of anemone

: a type of garden plant that has white, purple, or red flowers


anem·​o·​ne | \ə-ˈne-mə-nē\

Kids Definition of anemone

1 : a plant that blooms in spring and is often grown for its large white or colored flowers


anem·​o·​ne | \ə-ˈnem-ə-nē \

Medical Definition of anemone 

1 capitalized : a genus of herbs of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) widely distributed in temperate and subarctic regions that have lobed or divided leaves and showy flowers and that include some (as a pasqueflower) used medicinally especially formerly

2 : a plant or flower of the genus Anemone

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